Graham Brink - Business Columnist

Business Columnist

My truck lacked AC when I first landed with the Times. Still, I loved pursuing stories along the backroads of Hernando County. It’s where I first began to appreciate the Times’ commitment to the Tampa Bay community. I’ve covered shady companies and way too many hurricanes. I’ve reported about Morocco after 9/11 and had a blast writing about racing a mountain bike 800 miles from the Okefenokee to the Everglades. I crossed over to editing for a dozen years and recently crossed back to become business columnist. My wife makes me laugh. My son makes me want to change the world, at least our little part of it. The truck now has AC, but a good story still fires me up.

  1. Technology jobs in industries including aerospace are highly coveted. A SpaceX Falcon heavy rocket lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral earlier this year. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    Five metro areas dominate high-tech employment. There isn’t a Florida city among them.
  2. A huge number of homes owned by Baby Boomers will sell in the next 20 years. How will the trend affect the Florida housing market?
    The enormous generation born between 1946 and 1964 owns about 40 percent of the homes across the country.
  3. Noah Shaffer of Confidant Asset Management says the restaurant sector in the Tampa Bay area has done well in 2019 and to expect more openings in the coming months. Chick-fil-A Brandon South opened earlier this year.
    So far, the economy appears robust enough to support further expansion, says a local industry professional.
  4. Employees are paying more for health insurance.
    Employees in only two other states paid more relative to their household income.
  5. There's a push to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. [Times files]
    Hint: Not everyone likes the idea.
  6. Bob Doyle on the Pacific Crest Trail in Northern California in May.
    What would happen if you left work for six months to take on the challenge of a lifetime? A St. Petersburg business owner found out.
  7. Should we stop changing our clocks twice a year?
    The Republican senator, along with Sen. Rick Scott, introduced the Sunshine Protection Act earlier this year.
  8. The Southernmost Point marker in Key West.
    The travel website put the Florida Keys on its list of places not to visit.
  9. Florida's unemployment rate was unchanged in October at 3.2 percent, according to numbers released Friday.
    The latest numbers were released Friday morning.
  10. Some of Tampa Bay's largest companies are being sold or are up for sale.
    Tech Data is just the latest in a growing list of public companies bought up by out-of-state firms.